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TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

Other News

Historical Museum shows off its knickers

There is plenty to find out about our ancestors’ ‘intimate apparel’ while you visit the museum and its monthly market, which will be taking place on Saturday.

Lessons on resilience, regeneration from Iran

Zara Noruzi is one of the special guest speakers at the Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow, hosted by Renew Fest and Resilient Byron.

The lunatics have taken over the asylum…

The Zombies of the Climate ApoCOALpse have today swarmed around Queensland's Parliament House this morning to highlight impending climate chaos.

Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville was granted the opportunity to expand its footprint 12m to the west at last week’s Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Last minute water park unsuccessful as Jack Evans Boat Harbour PoM approved

A last minute attempt by Councillor Warren Polglase (conservative) to introduce a water park as part of the Jack Evans Boat Harbour Plan of Management (PoM)at last nights Tweed Shire Council saw yet another ‘workshop’ set up for councillors to discuss the implications.

Spots for kids circus nearly full

Mullumbimby’s Spaghetti Circus kicked off its first term with a record number of enrolments and there is much fun to be had following a difficult COVID year.

May 16, 2018

Issue 32.49

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A strategic solution to globalised authoritarianism

We urgently need widespread awareness of the big picture of economic deregulation and its impacts on our communities and personal lives.


Interview: Alan Clements, spiritually incorrect

Spiritually Incorrect: Alan Clements Byron Theatre | Friday 25 May | 7.30pm | $25–35 Blend Noam Chomsky, Lenny Bruce and Terrence McKenna and you have Alan Clements. Mandy Nolan spoke with the spiritually astute humourist ahead of his Byron show about spirituality, mindfulness and...


Interview: Paul Capsis on A Resident Alien

RESIDENT ALIEN By Tim Fountain Starring Paul Capsis as Quentin Crisp | NORPA at Lismore City Hall | Wed 23 May – Saturday 26 May | 7.30pm | $25/$44/$49  Five-time Helpmann Award winner Paul Capsis reprises his role as Quentin...


Interview: Clem Halpin, director of Ocean Shores’ newest and perhaps first...

Clem Halpin is the director of Ocean Shores’ newest and perhaps first ever theatre company – Halpin Productions Inc. They are currently presenting The Last of The Red Hot Lovers. Clem told us a little more about how it...


Interview: Mish Songsmith celebrates being herself

Club Mullum: Mullum Ex-Services | Saturday | 7pm | $20-25 Gollan Hotel, Lismore | Sat 26 May | 7pm | $20-25 The first of Mish Songsmith’s long-awaited album-launch shows of her brand-new studio album  Be Yourself  is hitting the stage at...


Culture Roundup: 16 May 2018

Cheeky Cabaret Brunswick Picture House | Friday 18 & Saturday 19 | 7pm | $35–40 Two years in, people continue to talk about the Cheeky Cabaret. The Brunswick Picture house continues to present some of the most incredible international artists from...


Traffic, height issues mar Ewingsdale medical centre plan

With the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) considering a large medical centre on McGettigans Lane/Ewingsdale Rd, The Echo has a peek at what is proposed.


Agriculture gets a voice in Byron Council

Following months of lobbying by local farmers and industry representatives, Council staff told a meeting of representatives last week that the position would finally be filled.


Demand spiking for co-working spaces in Byron

As a growing number of locals look for creative ways to make a living, there has been a spike in demand for spaces where freelancers and small-business owners can work.


Cinema Review: Crooked House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfLpwich4AE I don’t know about you, but if I were a potential suspect in a murder case and found myself in possession of an incriminating diary, I’d burn it immediately rather than bury it in a bucket of lime in...


Rosie’s big brass sound goes global

Playing brass was something Rosie King began as a young child in Sydney along with her three older brothers and it has become a lifelong passion.


Mandy Nolans Soapbox: Killing them softly

This weekend just past Australia awoke to the story of the horrific shooting in Margaret River. Seven people shot in a murder/suicide where a husband shot his wife, a father shot his daughter and a grandfather shot his four grandchildren.


Vale muscial educator, Malcolm Garth

The funeral of well-known and respected music tutor Malcolm Garth was held last Friday – he died after a short battle with luekemia. 


Tree frog ceremony defended

The International Association of Kambo Practitioners has reacted strongly to last week’s story, saying that the ceremonies and practices described ‘are not taught by us or used by our practitioners.’


Live Music Roundup: 16 May

Live music in the Byron Shire in the week and beyond


Trees for habitat and mums

A steady stream of enthusiastic tree planters came to plant natives at a Mullumbimby Creek property on Sunday.


Grafton snatch win from Byron Beez basketballers

The Byron Beez narrowly lost to the Grafton Vikings when they slugged it out in one of the best games of the  Men’s Sunshine Conference last Saturday at the Cavanbah Centre.  It was a fast and physical game and Byron...


Red Devils roast Turkeys 27–10

The Byron Bay Red Devils rugby league team has picked up their first win for the season playing away against the Kyogle Turkeys. The 27–10 win came as a big relief for coach Nathan Cross. ‘The win came off the back...


More than 1000 hit the water in Ocean Swim Classic

The 31st Byron Bay Property Sales Ocean Swim Classic held on May 6 had 1,116 entrants and was won by Riley Clout and Chloe Butt. The entrant numbers were well up on last year’s 870; there were of 929 in...


Stokes wins at Mullumbimby Open golf tournament

Local member James Stokes was just one of the winners to share in $3,000 worth of prizes at the Mullumbimby Open golf tournament held on Saturday. James got around the course in with a net score of 66. The other...


True Wheel Cycles triathlon triumph

The True Wheel Cycles Sprint and Olympic male teams both took gold medals at last weekend’s Byron Bay Triathlon. The Sprint Team including Mick Donnelly (swim and run) and Glen Hannan (ride) came first in the all-male relay category and...


Wilkinson joins team Australia in wave pool

Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson was a member of the Australian team that competed at the inaugural World Surf League Founders’ Cup of Surfing at Kelly Slater’s artificial wave pool three hours drive inland from the Californian coast.  Highlighting how globally...


Biggest Morning Tea coming soon!

Funds raised from Australia’s Biggest Morning tea help support, through the Cancer Council, livesaving cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support programs as well as subsidised transport to medical appointments. Northern rivers residents are invited to host a morning tea and...


Festival of the Stone coming

Our cool local brewer Stone & Wood host an annual Festival of the Stone that has become quite the event, and this year you’re invited. But be quick. Come along and kick back as the sun sets and the beer...


Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

Da mountain

Gisela Stieglitz, Wooyung There is a perfectly good bitumen road going up a rainforest gully; it doesn’t even have potholes! People went to great efforts...

Council’s power

Matthew O’Reilly I refer to Ian Pickles’ letter, titled ‘Developers’ power’ (Letters, 10 February). Generally, I must agree with most of what Ian wrote in his...

Facebook fails

Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby American spoilt brat Zuckerberg may have done adults around the world a great favour with his screamy kicky tanty. He’s laid bare...